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GOP lawmakers revive bill to appoint state schools chief

Monday's 21-10 vote leaves the measure just a final, largely ceremonial vote away from going to the House. Senate rules say a bill that has been defeated can't be considered in substantially similar form. Typically, Senate rules would prohibit the Senate from taking up the matter again during the same Legislative session. But after Democrat Glenda Ritz's 2012 surprise win over then-superintendent and Republican Tony Bennett, the issue became divisive mostly along party lines. Read More

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Hail, powerful winds expected in Southern Plains

Hail, powerful winds expected in Southern Plains

The impacted areas in north Alabama stretch from Lauderdale to Cullman and Marshall counties, as well as areas north of here. Severe storms are in the forecast for Wednesday . We're a week into spring now and with the change of seasons, Nebraskans know it also means changing weather and sometimes, severe weather. If your power goes out or you're away from a TV, use the mobile app to watch the live stream of Spectrum News or our 24x7 weather channel. Read More

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South Korea Prosecutors Seek to Arrest Park on Graft Allegations

Prosecutors want Park arrested over fears she would destroy evidence, South Korean media are reporting. Park will become South Korea's third arrested ex-president if the court greenlights the request. Charges brought by the prosecution involved Park's alleged pressure on Hyundai Motor to sign a 1.1 billion won supply contract with a firm belonging to one of Choi's associates and a 7.1 billion won advertising deal with an advertising agency owned by Choi. Read More

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Carrie Lam becomes Hong Kong's new chief executive

Carrie Lam becomes Hong Kong's new chief executive

Those who have worked with her say she is intelligent, hard-working and able to push controversial government policies, earning her the trust of Beijing factions who strongly lobbied for votes on her behalf. He was nicknamed "Pringles" or "Uncle Chips" in Cantonese for his signature mustache that drew comparisons to the snack food mascot. Two days before the vote, he drove around town in an open double-decker bus, taking selfies with the crowds. Read More

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Barack Obama has paid his respects to the late Martin McGuinness

Mourners included President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and former US President Bill Clinton. Mr McGuinness had died two days earlier, aged 66, from a rare heart condition. Philadelphia Congressman Brendan Boyle, whose father immigrated to America from Donegal, said: "It is with great sorrow that I learn of the passing of Martin McGuinness". Read More

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Florida Governor Replaces Markeith Loyd Prosecutor Over Death Penalty Protest

State attorney Aramis Ayala announced Thursday that she would not be pursuing the death penalty against double murder suspect Markeith Loyd , which sparked outrage and debate. Florida ranks number four in the number of executions conducted, only behind Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas. "Ending use of the death penalty in Orange County is a step toward restoring a measure of trust and integrity in our criminal justice system", she said. Read More

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Supporting BJP with party's permission, I'm still in Trinamool Congress: Robindro

Several Opposition members objected to the presence of state BJP unit president K. Bhabananda Singh and party general secretary and Manipur in-charge Prahlad Singh Patel in the officers' gallery located to the right of the Speaker's table. Governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday said the government will try its best to make Manipur a blockade and bandh-free state to ensure its all-round development. Read More

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Thailand coin-eating sea turtle 'Piggy Bank' dies

Thailand coin-eating sea turtle 'Piggy Bank' dies

The coins became so heavy that her shell cracked. Initially, it appeared that the dedicated work of Chansue and her colleagues would save Bank, but a follow up showed that the turtle was still plagued with intestinal problems. Bank had been doing well a week after her first surgery. In the country many believe this brings good luck, but, sadly, Bank mistook the coins for food. Read More

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Once, Trump blasted Obama's golf outings. Now, White House defends his own

Spicer said that Trump is using golf differently than President Obama. Spicer pointed to media reports that revealed Michael Flynn, Trump's one-time national security adviser, talked with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Only one time - while hosting Abe - did the President also visit Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. It is unclear whether he played. During the Monday briefing, Spicer also clarified his conversation with British officials after he repeated an unsubstantiated ... Read More

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Article 50 to be triggered next week

Article 50 to be triggered next week

Britons voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016. U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis has said "the first meeting, bluntly, will be about how we do this?" "I have also been clear that as we leave the European Union I will work to deliver a deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom". Read More

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AAA: Gas prices rise 1 cent across MI

AAA: Gas prices rise 1 cent across MI

The Florida average was $2.262, down from $2.274 a week ago. But, experts warn that the decline won't last. This compares with the national average, which has fallen 0.3 cents in the last week to $2.29. AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.05 per gallon and as high as $2.39. He predicted gas prices are likely to head back up in time for Memorial Day and the summer driving season. Read More

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'Intense' strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Abdel Rahman said it was unclear whether government forces or their Russian allies were carrying out Monday's raids on Jobar. Qaboun and Arbin, to the north and north-east, were also under attack, it said. "These are not intermittent clashes - these are ongoing attempts to advance", he said. The attack on Damascus comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming to put an end to Syria's six-year war. Read More

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US, China agree to jointly address N Korea threats

Tillerson was speaking at a news conference following talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo , the start of his first trip to Asia as secretary of state. But Chinese official repeatedly say they do not have the influence over North Korea that Washington and others believe. Tillerson said in talks with Xi in Beijing that Trump places a "very high value" on communications with the Chinese president. Read More

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Syrian rebel fighters evacuated from Homs en masse

Syrian rebel fighters evacuated from Homs en masse

Homs governor Talal Barazi said he expected 1,500 people to depart on Saturday for rebel-held areas north-east of Aleppo, and that most of al-Waer's residents would stay. People there say they have been told to get out or die. On Monday, a reconciliatory agreement was reached to legalize the juridical status of those who benefit from the amnesty law and the departure of those who did not accept it, in coordination with the Military and the Security Committees in Homs and the Russian ... Read More

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Scotland leader ready for independence vote

Scotland leader ready for independence vote

The First Minister shocked the UK Government with her announcement on Monday that she wants a second independence referendum to be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Ronnie Cowan, the SNP MP for Inverclyde, came on talkRADIO to argue the case for a second independence referendum. Speaking to ITV at the Scottish National party's spring conference , Sturgeon said she was focused only on winning a mandate from Holyrood next week authorising her to ask May formally for the authority to ... Read More

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Oregon JC Penney stores to close

Most of the stores that are closing are expected to begin the liquidation process on April 17 with a lot of them closing in June. The company will offer outplacement support services for eligible associates leaving the company. As a result, JCPenney is closing 138 stores nationwide. Of the seven Pennsylvania stores on the list of closures released Friday, the closest one to Lancaster is the J.C. Read More

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WBC: Venezuela scores three in ninth to defeat Italy, 4-3

WBC: Venezuela scores three in ninth to defeat Italy, 4-3

Pool F play takes place in San Diego's Petco Park. Puerto Rico , which went 3-0 to win Venezuela's first-round pool, and the defending champion Dominican Republic are the other teams in Pool F. The designated hitter hit a three-run home run in the fourth to make it 10-0. Israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 in the first round in Seoul but saw a different team on Monday at Tokyo Dome. Read More

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